Forget Gallup, Pew, Rasmussen and the other polls. They all show either a dead heat between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney or Obama slightly ahead – but still within the margin of error.
Over at 7-Eleven, there’s no such wishy-washiness. Its “abashedly unscientific” poll, which has predicted the winner in the last three presidential races, shows Obama clearly out in front: 58 to 42 percent as of Wednesday afternoon.
Customers make their preference known by buying their drinks in either a blue Obama cup or a red Romney cup.
Click here to check out its red state/blue state map. Click on individual states to see how 7-Eleven customers voted there.
Washington is slightly more pro-Obama than the national average: 60 to 40 percent. Romney is running ahead of Obama in only four states: Idaho, West Virginia, South Carolina and New Hampshire. Not in Utah? That’s surprising. And the crucial battleground state of Ohio – which no Republican winner has ever lost – is staunchly pro-Obama at 67 to 42 percent.
It should be noted that a whole swath of Southern states are among those where 7-Elevens are not participating in the informal poll, which likely affects the results quite a bit.
If you’d like to participate, you can vote for free on Friday. Participating 7-Elevens are celebrating CofFREE Day, one day before National Coffee Day, by inviting customers to have a free large coffee, cappuccino, latte or tea while supplies last between 6 and 10 a.m.